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Posted by jodini | Jan 11, 2011 @ 02:51 PM | 6,346 Views
He's only 6 years old, but sees me on this forum so much, that he thought it would be cool to have one of his planes on here too!

So Santa Clause gave us some cool Guillow's planes and we have been flying them inside!

Thanks for your comments! He would love them!
Joe
Posted by jodini | May 14, 2010 @ 04:25 PM | 7,286 Views
I have one job everytime I go home to visit my 3 brothers in Missouri....back up the ZAGI! It started to be a tradition last year when they opened fire on it with the paintball guns! Everytime I try something new to keep it in the air! It's fun for the whole family.....3 guns on the flying thing and it's better than beating eachother up. We are getting too old for that!

First time: 1. Paintballs contacted the elevons and stripped out the plastic servos FIX: Metal HS-82 metal geared servos!

Second time home: Paintballs bleed thru the elevon tape that holds it on the body and fell off after a shot . FIX: Tape both the bottom and the top.

Third time: My brothers decided to freeze the paintball! Those really put big dents into it, but it actually lasted the battle.

Forth time: Zagi was doing good but they shot of the fins. And at the end they shot it with a 410 shotgun! HA! That fried the sero and killed my LiPo! Not doing that anymore!!!!

So I'm repairing my ZAGI again. Everytime I do a new design and try to make it a little more solid. This time, I gained some weight but I think it's going to outlast the paintballs for sure. I fiberglassed the bottom of the zagi! It's not as acrobatic.....no tight turns, but it should do fine for the job. I think it's flying a little faster too! ...Continue Reading
Posted by jodini | Apr 08, 2010 @ 10:52 AM | 9,883 Views
KITS ARE HERE! IF YOU ARE INTERESTED SEND: $180.00 WHICH INCLUDES THE KIT AND PLANS and shipping...TO whirlybirdaviation@hotmail.com via paypal. If you are interested in a AstroFlight 701 Gearbox...they are $40.00....but please contact me to make sure I still have them in stock.

I will be going out of town, but these will be shipped UPS Ground on Aug. 9th when I get back in town. Family vacation comes first, then business.

Thanks for your patience!
Joe Cole
Whirlybird Aviation USA Rep


http://www.whirlybirdaviation.com/
It's official! After much begging, trading parts, and promising my "first born" to be named Dave...it has been officially done.

We now have two distributors of the Whirlybird Avaition products.

safelandings - Richard Harris will be the UK contact.

jodini - Joe Cole will be the USA contact...that's me.

So let me give you a quick intro. (Feel free to skip this part!)

39 years old...I have two kids, and lots of doves! It might seem strange to say, but there is a reason my rcgroup name is "jodini"....magician full time for the last 10 years! I've had a passion for it since I was a kid, finished college, had the real jobs (working on computers, teaching, helpdesk for computers) and one day I told my wife, "When I screw up a card trick, everyone laughs....when I screw up someones harddrive...no one laughs!" That quote was 10 years ago when I took the plunge full time. But over all I've been...Continue Reading
Posted by jodini | Sep 29, 2008 @ 08:30 AM | 10,868 Views
After flying planes for years, I eventually was looking for something different. Helicopters was fun for a while but they take lots of $$ to keep them going and not relaxing like flying a slow flyer.

Autogyros is like playing golf. Frustraiting at first, but after you make your first perfect shot, you're hooked! My first autogyro was not a success. This could of been the design of the autogyro, but probably my lack of knowledge.

For my first successful flight was my PT-gyros at www.flyingbalsa.com. Probably the best kit out there. Lazer cut parts and everything locks together perfectly. My first flight was a success and I have been flying there kits ever since.

While the design of the PT were perfect the looks were not. I didn't like the boxy fuse and the landing gear was very basic.

That's were the DAG autogryo comes in. These are just plans which at first I was not thrilled about, but after I saw the simplicity of the stick build, I decided to take it on. The DAG's are more like 40 size planes, so easier to see in the sky, which is a huge issue with autogyros. The build went fast and before I knew it I had a nice flying bird. I bought some aerobalsa blades to save some time.

My first flight with the DAG was not a successful one. I had many crashes actually and was about to give up. The reason for the crashes was thought to be too much lift caused by the aerobalsa blades. After trimming them back, I was more successful, but the...Continue Reading
Posted by jodini | May 04, 2008 @ 08:29 AM | 9,588 Views
I really love this plane! I spent a lot of time to make this one look good and fly just as good. The problem I've noticed with planes like this is I only like flying it when everyone else is down on the ground! A mid-air would kill me!

But here she is....a Balsa USA Taube 40. Enjoy!
Here's the vid of the maiden....
Balsa USA Taube 40 (5 min 37 sec)

Posted by jodini | Dec 04, 2007 @ 11:13 AM | 9,927 Views
Needed somewhere to post some more pics!

This is kind of my experimental page for this conversion...I'll put all the test results here: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=596763


Anway, cold day...batteries were probably a bit cold but here's my test. Temp in my garage was 25 degrees....could of effected results...yes?

Li-po 4000 mha 5 cell

12x8 E APC prop
Not happy with results......but we'll see in the air.
Posted by jodini | Oct 22, 2006 @ 12:50 AM | 9,904 Views
Just thought this should be a subject for people that wanted to create something for their kids! My little guy loves jay-jay the jet plane and I decided to take on one of the characters called Snuffy. I won't go into a lot of details since I already discussed the matter on: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=576994
But if you are interested on specifics, I would love to take you down this road.


I'm very proud what I created (if you can't tell) so if you would like to create it also, please feel free to discuss. Thanks for all the support!

Thanks,
Joe

Here's the video.
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=586292